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Learmount Forest Walk

Bought by Forest Service at the end of WWII this wood has over 15 different tree species planted, with some well over 100 years old. Roads and paths offer over 4kms of trails that rise 200m up from the banks of the River Faughan on the slopes of Meeny Hill. Parts may be considered steep.




1.2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 7

Nearest Town

Limavady, Claudy

Route Shape


Route Type



Moderate, steep in places

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

River Faughan, variety of tree species

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Faughan Walk -

From the car park follow the waymarked trail through the forest.

The River Faughan rises on the highest mountain in the Sperrins – Sawel Mountain – and then flows 46km to Lough Foyle, entering the forest under the Footstick bridge at Altinure. Near here you may be able to see the tracks of an otter in the sand of the river’s edge, and further downstream Dippers are common, along with the occasional Heron or Grey Wagtail – possibly even a Kingfisher.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take the B74 Claudy to Feeny road for approximately three miles. Turn right onto the Clagan or Altinure Road heading for the village of Park. The forest is on the Learmount Road on the outskirts of the village.

The car park is at the community centre in Park village along the Learmount Road.


Car parking and picnic facilities.


Learmount Forest Trail

Publication Availability

Tel. Learmount Community Development Group on 028 7778 1881

Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

Geoff 22 August, 2017 @ 19:08

This is a lovely trail for a gentle walk through the woods and by the river. Parking at the Learmount Community Development Group Centre you walk through the gate at the far end of the Car Park and are in the woods. The boards and signage are very clear. We did indeed see Otter prints in the river bank!

lizzie 18 July, 2017 @ 12:31

when to go on this trail but didn't actually get round. there is no parking near by the parking in the community center is along way away any there is and you would have to walk nearly a mile along a main road to get to the beginning of this trail.

but on the positive side was a beautiful drive up to it, lots of beautiful scenery.

Richard Gosnold 21 November, 2007 @ 16:49

Pleasant walk along the river and up onto a ridge. Good for all weather as much of the route is along a gravel path (no mud).

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